What to visit in Clion and the surroundings

What to visit in Clion and the surroundings


Village of Stone and Water, situated on the banks of the Seugne and the Maine, Clion offers to the walkers some lovely stroll and visit sites.

Saint-André Church (100 m)

Roman church built in the XIIth century, renovated in the XVth and XVIth centuries, this Roman church has a nave of Flamboyant style arched with ribs to which a North side aisle and a Renaissance facade have been added. The square bell tower is covered with a pyramid-shaped roof of slate. The square bell tower and the bell tower are classified as historical monuments. We can also find a magnificent tabernacle from the XVIIIth century.


The Artisanal and Rural Museum (100 m)

The team of the artisanal and rural museum invites you to come and discover or rediscover numerous tools from the ancient crafts. More than 1500 tools are gathered in 7 thematic rooms or staged in a 150m2 lean-to shed.  http ://museeartisanaletruralclion.com/lavenir.html

The Communal Wash House (600 m)

The ancient wash house adjoining an old mill, missing today has been entirely renovated during the summer 2002 by an international construction team of young volunteers of the village.


The Bridge of Donkeys (1 km/0.62 mile)

Bridge situated on the Seugne, composed of six blocks of stone. They would date back to the Gallo-Roman period. It used to link the village of Lansac to the water mill of “the city”. The wearing of the stone is caused by the repetitive passage of the miller and his donkey.


St Paul's Chapel (2 km/1.2 mile)

At the St Paul's hamlet stands a chapel of Templars of the XIth and XIIth century, adorned with a Malta cross, whose western wall has been restored in 1706. At the foot of this building there is a pond fed by a spring called Fontaine Saint Fort. The place is a haven of greenery and peace. In the summer, make a stop at the café brocante.


De la Toque à l’Ane, Table d’hôte and donkey ride (3 km/1.8 mile)

In a long traditional restored Saitonge building, a dining room which serves traditional cuisine offers at its table d'hôtes a local menu with generous recipes composed of regional specialities without forgetting the pineau and cognac.

Around the property, donkeys and farm animals (Breton carthhorses, cows, hens, cocks) will be the joy of adults and children alike.

http ://delatoquealane.fr/default.aspx

Pineau and cognac Pierre and Pascal Gaillard (1,5 km/0.9 mile)

Winegrowers from the Charente region for several generations, their vineyard is at the centre of the Roman Saintonge tradition. You will be warmly welcomed for a visit of the wine warehouses where you will discover the secrets of Pineau and Cognac throughout their fabrication process. The top choice of producer: the pineau rosé!

http ://www.cognacetapes.com/pageLibre00016928.html

Leisure centre (1 km/0.6 mile)

Situated on the bank of the Seugne, a place named: “le pré Douzin”, the leisure centre offers its shade for the days of the hot season. Games, fishing, restaurant, dancing tea, activities, petanque…

Around Clion...

Jonzac (5 minutes)

Since 1960, Jonzac has known a strong economical impulse, which it owes to a powerful local will which has been striving to turn itself to the geographic, economic and cultural reality. At the same time, Jonzac does its best to preserve its historical character by reviving its heritage and by maintaining its cultural dimension: the cloister of Carmes, the covered market and the theatre.

Jonzac has drawn water from the bowels of the earth. This water not only became the engine of the urban heating, of hydrotherapy industry but also of the aquatic and ludic complex of the West Indies.

Very quickly, this water, pure, at 62 °C (144 °F) became the center of all attention and the idea of hydrotherapy industry progresses in minds.

The Thermal Baths

At the heart of the Roman Saintonge, Jonzac’s waters remain, infinitely pure and free of all pollution for millions of years. They spring out very hot from the depths of the earth, charged with trace elements. The thermal baths are not the relics of the numerous thermal settlements that the region possessed during the Roman period.

These are troglodytic thermal baths settled in old cathedral-stone pits in close proximity to their sources. The thermal settlement has put in operation in 2010 a new area of treatments with a river of stairs and a mobilization swimming pool.

The Jonzac West Indies

The Jonzac West Indies are part of one of the biggest European covered aqualudic areas. It includes a “Lagoon Area” with beaches, indoor and outdoor pool, an ”aquatic marked path”, a sauna, Turkish bath and whirlpools. A “fitness platform” and a “beauty area” complete this relaxation area offer.

More places to visit:The casino , The Maison de l’énergie (The energy house), the market, the leisure centre and the horse training centre.

The surroundings

Pons, dungeon (le château des énigmes/the castle of enigmas), Talmont, Meschers, Royan, the Vitrezay nature centre, the forest house centre, the Montendre leisure centre.

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